What would (Jamaican) Jesus do?

I had previously criticized Javed Jaghai on his naivete and intolerance with regard to the victims of the Jamaican political system. On top of that, he openly admits to liking men’s testicles. While the idea that anyone would fantasize about men’s testicles disgusts me, so does my classmate who picks her nose with her pinky finger. Thus, having worked and lived with battymanism, and its female counterpart, battywomanism, their subcultures do not bother or threaten

What has bothered me, since this morning, is this (Trigger Alert!: Some Gay Shit at the top of the linked page! Close your eyes and scroll down for 1/2 second):

Time and again, I see good people stand by as violence is inflicted upon defenseless victims……The onlookers in traffic may have sympathized with us but they dared not defend us. If these windscreen-wipers had assaulted me, many Jamaicans would have called in to radio programs and would sound off on social media to express that while they don’t ‘condone the homosexual lifestyle,’ they don’t feel it is appropriate to physically harm gay people. Some may even graciously offer a word of caution that we should be mindful of the cultural context and shouldn’t do anything that might trigger such a violent response from the sexuality police.

That particular spot where Mr. Jahgai was confronted can be thought of as an intersection between the poor people of Standpipe, with their ghetto values, and situational ethics, and the upper- and – middle class residents of Barbican and Liguanea, with their ghetto values and situational ethics. The differences can be quite jarring, especially if you do not realize that, despite the obvious differences in wealth, the street sweeper and the those hoity-toity people in their fancy cars are essentially the same thing. One thing we can be sure of. When we read the Bible, the would not have been walking with Christ in the New Testament, but been cursed out by the Prophets of Old.

This is what Mr Jaghai failed to realize in his guest essay on Veritas. Jamaican political parties are not the problem. We are. The only reason the parties exist is because the Jamaican people dreamed the into reality to help them against the British, and later each other. The parties are not some ideological geniuses. They are election machines. They exist because we are too afraid to confront the System, when it was Neo-Capitalism, Post-Colonialism, Neo-Liberalism, and now, Hypercapitalism. When we decide to stop grouping together like sheep, stand up, take risks, and engage in private enterprise and individual action, then they will die off.

Now, I don’t know what Jesus would , have don, but I know what I would have had done. Had I come upon them yesterday, during my usual walk from Papine to Half-Way-Tree, I would have had probably been blogging a longer post about the following:

  • Some funny looking niggas (the gays and the window cleaners)
  • The risk aversion among the observers. Yes getting shot or stabbed hurts (personal experience), but that is no excuse to stop you from doing the right thing.
  • The fact that one guy had to call a whole bunch of dudes to gang-up on some blonde, coollie faggots. Thus proving that your average Jamaican gay man has more balls that your average Jamaican “rude boy”
  • That if a man swings a cutlass at you (or nearby homosexuals), raise your left arm straight up to block his right arm, then use your right arm to catch him in an armbar.

At the end of the day, its up to you if you want to be a  leader, or cheerleader. If you are not sure what to do, just remember, be a hero, don’t fall to the masses.

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3 thoughts on “What would (Jamaican) Jesus do?”

  1. “That particular spot where Mr. Jahgai was confronted can be thought of as an intersection between the poor people of Standpipe, with their ghetto values, and situational ethics, and the upper- and – middle class residents of Barbican and Liguanea, with their ghetto values and situational ethics”

    LOL yuh nuh easy enuh but the point is well made, it’s class. unisexual aesthetics (metrosexual or forced or unforced “feminized” masculinity – tight pants etc) and continued lumping of perceived effeminacy and same sex attraction maybe if both gentlemen dressed complete with dyed hair as described BUT deep voiced and projected strength via very masculine behaviours they would have gotten a far different reaction.

    My own experience has taught me by operating in stealth that just deepening the tone of ones voices and match it with the popular hyper-masculine behavioural traits well cemented in our nation’s pyche in a problem situation can literally save your life from such yet when you see me on a gay club/party dance floor voguing even my friends are surprised how I move within the ever changing masculine spectrum to include effeminacy. I can move with the meanest of gansters (and have) and serve it to another effeminate queen in a trace off lol. It took years for me to hone and master such skills while liaising with different personality types.

    Machismo as you know is highly prized in this country and the reaction such as that described by Javed is expected despite the major changes over the years to the perceived effeminacy that has come to close for comfort yet I bet those same wind-shield wipers would laugh at a Shebada play or watch Oliver Samuels play effeminate characters, their reaction to Javed and company may not suggest they are heterosexual either which is a common mistake the gay lobbyists make, think it not strange that the same dancehall that vilified metrosexuality in essence now embrace it complete with skin bleaching to boot? a 180 if you will.

    Contrary to popular notions, the discrimination against homosexuality comes not only from heterosexuals but also from other sexual minorities themselves, including gay for pay etc. It is virtually impossible for someone raised in a culture as intensely intolerant to homosexuals as Jamaica’s culture is and not have that same intolerance deeply ingrained in himself. Thus, regardless of one’s sexual orientation, most Jamaicans carry the burden of prejudice against homosexuality.

    One of the problems with advocacy and some LGBT individuals over the years is separatism or elitism even within the community, many in organizations such as JFLAG for e.g. have remained in their glass houses, tinted motor vehicles, gated apts and offices while advocating for LGBT rights and working from incident reports from aggrieved persons without being dipped in the FIRE themselves at least with Javed he is living out there now and seeing what some of us have been through (apart from frontline staff), he now needs to get a prison experience like myself and a few others then he’ll have alot to write about as that is a TOTALLY different world and where the same variables as hinted above play out rather strangely.

    .Finally …………….. interestingly who were Jesus’ opponents? ………. The Scribes & the Pharisees, right!!!? not Rome but Rome were the ones who were cleverly USED to crucify him.

    1. Javed he is living out there now and seeing what some of us have been through (apart from frontline staff),

      That’s the rub. Can blonde highlights really be called a form of resistance in a society as feminized as ours? Or an society for that matter? The “variables as hinted above” is exactly what I’m getting at.

      For someone who has to be in the closet in order keep his job, inter-personal relationships and safety intact, Mr. Jaghai flaunting his sexuality may come across as a bit odd, if not outright condescending. People who vote are acting in their interests to get what they need form their caretakers, never mind his comments regarding Jamaican people who participate in the political system. If we as bloggers really want to be of help to the people we write about, we cannot be elitist. That will not fly with ordinary Jamaicans burdened student loans, un/deremployment and high light bills.

      We must give alternate perspectives to the Jamaican situation by asking questions.
      – Who are the elite groups in our society, and how do they operate?
      – What does it mean to be a man in a society like ours that has been thoroughly feminized”
      – What are the differences among rich, middle -class, ghetto and rural Jamaicans?
      -What really, is our economic system?
      -Have we always been a hypermasculine society?

      Reframing the narrative is a first, and important step in building a Jamaiaca fit for civilized people to live in.

  2. In answer to the first question yes the highlights can be a challenge when not matched with other less feminized traits and worse yet their behavioural response in the exchange, profiling and scrutiny can lead to the wrong conclusions initially so projecting strength is critical especially given the strategy in winning arguments out on the road between men, one must reduce ones opponent as less masculine as possible hence, ” ….. yuh a p****hole and the other colourful parlance.

    It is more than just the aesthetics the matching masculine attributes must be present to project strength or it is deemed as a marker for being homosexual thus you cannot defend yourself thus you deserve a beating.

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